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  • Audio CD (Feb. 10 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B004IY6AH6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
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Digitally remastered re-issue featuring 2 bonus tracks: 'All Fired Up', & 'Locked In (Live)'.

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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 25 2010
Format: Audio CD
Yeah, yeah, I know: How the hell can I give Turbo four stars? Well, if you're one of the many who considers Turbo one of the worst (if not the worst) Judas Priest album, I understand completely. It's cold, it's too synthetic, it's somewhat soulless. I understand. However, I tend to look at the Judas Priest back catalog, the complete gestalt, if you will, as one whole. Looking at this album in context, it is clear that Turbo is a unique beast in Judas Priest's canon, and indeed the whole of heavy metal in general. There's never been an album that sounds like Turbo and it's likely that there never will be again.

Turbo came in the mid-80's and Priest decided to start experimenting with guitar synthesizers. These are not keyboards on this album, but guitars played through a synth. Priest have done it since (Ram It Down, Nostradamus) but never again to this degree. Some of the sounds on this album are really cool. That weird vaccuum cleaner combined with a jet engine sound in the opening of "Turbo Love", for example, is really cool.

The songs are also good, albeit commercial. Priest had been struggling with the commercial tendencies ever since British Steel, but on Turbo it got out of balance in favour of melody. "Turbo Lover" is an example of this. The song relies entirely on melody to exist. The melody is the framework on which you hang the cool sounds and robotic groove. But it works and the song is often brought out into the setlist, still -- the only song from Turbo to make the setlist post-1987.

"Locked In" is a bit more rockin', not a great song, but at least it ups the tempo a bit. The shout-chorus of "Private Property" (an ode to monogamy) is catchy as hell and this could easily have been a single.
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It is no secret among Priest fans that Glenn Tipton(their main songwriter) no longer sets the trends, but now follows them. This album is the moment that this heinous act occurred. J.P. was one of the premier bands of the NWOBHM movement. They were one of the bands being imitated by any newcomers who came along. Turbo changed that forever. On Turbo, Priest transformed before our very eyes from heavy metal innovators to hair-metal imitators. Many fans blamed their use of guitar synthesisers for this album being so bad. It wasn't the instruments, it was the songs. New equipment is constantly being introduced. Good bands mold these instruments to their sound. Priest failed on this occasion. They molded their sound to the pop-music these new instruments were currently being used for.
Then there is the image factor. A previous reviewer stated how silly Dave Holland looked at this time, and he did. However Glenn Tipton looked even worse. That haircut was beyond ridiculous. To their credit, Rob Halford, KK Downing, and Ian Hill did not cave to the new style. They just continued to dress as they always had.
But this is about music, not image. It took them 4 years and 2 albums to make up for this atrocity(Ram it Down was no better, see previous reviews as to why). Painkiller is one of the best albums they've ever done. It is obvious, in my opinion that Halford took charge of that one, resulting in the power struggle with Tipton resulting in Rob leaving the band. Even the new Priest albums sound like any of the other new metal bands around. Glenn Tipton is still a follower. It is time for him to start leading again. One listen to Halford's new material shows that he still gets it( I forgive him for the TWO album. He had just made a major life decision, we know which one) Maybe Rob should have stayed in Priest, and kicked Glenn out.
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Most fans of Judas Priest and Early 80's Heavy Metal point to Turbo being the point of decline in Judas Priest career. This is arguably true as following this release the band put out only two more albums with original vocalist Rob Halford and never again reached platinum status.
Turbo definetly has its drawbacks and dosen't have as much staying power as some of Priests earlier albums, however, I have always found this to be an enjoyable, well written, Heavy Metal Pop record (Which is why most Hard Core Metal Heads Hate it).
First of all, the lyrics are decent. They may stick to generally and sometimes cliche theme's of driving fast, ...innuendo, and teenage rebellion. But remember in the end it is Rock & Roll and Priest themselves were in their Mid-30's when recording it. I would think that maybe they got to feeling a little silly signing about "Creatures From beyond, etc..." by this point and wanted to make a progessive Hard Rock record with technology that seemed the wave of the future at the time. The experimentation, which I always give extra stars for having the balls to try, has mixed, but generally good results.
Great Voalcs (As Always)
Great Guitar Solos
Good Song Structure - Short Pucnhy radio friendly songs
Out In The Cold - Possibly Priest Best Ballad
Overboard on the Synthes
Overboard on Electronic Drums
Parental Guidence - Inteneded to be a hit single but sounds too cliched.
Priest did an awesome tour on after this CD, which did seem to mark the decline of the bands popularity as Arena Headliners, but I find this CD more true to where Priest seemed to be coming from muscially then some of their later releases, which sound like the band is trying TOO HARD to keep up with the "Thrash" exposion.
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